Monthly Archives: November 2013

Adventure In Rome

After my tired yet exciting day in Florence, we moved on to our next destination – Rome. I’m a huge fan of Spartacus series (currently watching season 4) and very eager to visit this 3000 years old ancient city.

Me and my gang took high speed train from Florence. It was only 2 stops away, yet took us around 1.5 hours. Upon reaching, we immediately snapped tons of photos, while moving towards the metro.

There were lots of people at Roma train station, and it was where our “real adventure” began …

While waiting for the train to arrive, my group of 5 were busying taking photos and chatting. All of us were very excited. Our day was fully planned and we had to rush in order to see more. By the end of the day, we would be going back to Venice.

The train fully arrived and just liked Singapore, every body pushed hard to squeeze in. We were trapped right in the middle, with people pushing us from behind. We just followed the crowd in.

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Finally the train door closed and off it went. One of my friend suddenly looked at me and said “I lost my wallet!” Initially I thought he was joking as it was totally unexpected. Another friend who was besides us told us the same thing, “Mine was gone too!” My third friend touched his pocket and shouted “Same!”

We were totally stunned! 3 out of 5 people were pickpocket at the same time, without knowing! Out of the blue, someone touched my friend and pointed to the floor. His phone was lying there. He quickly picked it up and was very glad to recover it back. I guessed the pickpocket just interested in the money.

Once we reached our stop, we alighted and made police report. My friends had to call the credit card companies to deactivated every single card. What a memorable way to start our day!

Although it was impossible, we tried not to think about it and continue with our journey. We walked slowly, and along the way we joked about how we could prevent it from happening. I knew the moods were low, and the loss was huge. Nevertheless, we still reached one of our destination – the Colosseum.

The whole Colosseum was made of rocks, and part of it was already destroyed. Based on the story, Spartacus burned it down while rioting. Despite that, the Colosseum was still one of the grandest building ever built, and remembered, it was 3000 years ago!

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Due to the time constraint, we could only see one more attraction, and we’ve decided to visit Vatican City.

Walking there took us around 1 hour, and in between we stopped by for lunch, and allowed our legs to rest. Vatican City was a place where pope lived, and currently, Pope Francis was there.

When I reached there, frankly I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting a huge and nice city, but it was plainly a big church with St Peter Square outside for the audience. The rest of the city was filled with garden. Maybe if we had the time, we would to get into the building to see the paintings, but we did not. We did not want to miss the train to Venice and therefore, we left early for the station.

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On the train, everyone was relief. Rome was indeed beautiful with the ancient ruins and buildings, but we were still traumatized by what had happened earlier on. Maybe one day, we’ll come back with more caution, but right now, we did not want to step into Rome again.

So what about you? Any exciting experiences to share?

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Maranello – Ferrari Factory and Florence Tour

During the past weekends, I’ve encountered one of the most amazing incident so far in Italy. Before that, let me bring you to Maranello, the Museum of Ferrari.

I’ve to admit Ferrari is one of my dream car ever since I’ve seen one during my younger days. However to be realistic, I know I don’t have the ability to own one, or maybe not yet 🙂

In order to fulfill my dream, my friends and I traveled to a small town called Maranello. This town is quiet and peaceful, roads are small and narrow, but the cars are fierce. It’s the factory of Ferrari!

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Can you see how excited I am?

After the Ferrari tour, we proceed to Florence. To me, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. The buildings and bridges are simply astonishing!

People said when you went Florence, you had to see David, the finest sculpture in the world. Too bad the real one is lying in the museum, but nevertheless, it’s still amazing.

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We’ve ended our day with nice, big Florence steak. Wonderful day!

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Milano – First City in Italy

My plane landed in Milan Airport, and I’ll be spending a night here. From the airport, I’ve hired a private van to send me to my Hotel – Michelangelo Hotel.

The car ride took me around 40 minutes. Along the way I could see the countryside, which I could never see in Singapore. The temperature was cold and the whole journey was very comfortable.

Some thing I’ve noticed about Milan was the Graffiti. It was everywhere, on almost everything piece of wall. The streets were dirty too, full of leaves and rubbish. My impression of Milan was a fine, modern city where designers were born and it should be a very high class city, but it was totally the opposite. The buildings were old, streets were dirty, giving me a sense of insecurity.

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I’ve chosen Michelangelo Hotel because of the location. It was 3 min to Central Train Station, where I’ll take one high speed train to Venice the following day. Michelangelo Hotel was cosy, not very grand, nor magnificent. But the staff was friendly, and I must mentioned the breakfast was very nice.

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Without further delay, after checking in to my hotel, off I went for a city visit. The first place I went was – San Siro Stadium. Being a soccer fan, this was one of the popular stadium in Italy, shared by 2 famous football team – Inter and AC Milan.

From the outside, the stadium did not look magnificent. I guessed the skills of the cameraman must be very good, giving me the impression the stadium was grand and huge.

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The next place I went was Duomo. I’ve heard it’s where all designer brands are located. True indeed, the place was nice! There’s a famous Milan Cathedral there, and it was huge! The wall sculptures were simply amazing! I really wonder how much time and people had worked on this building to make it such an attraction.

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If you’ve never been to Milan, I suggest you just stay a day or two, definitely not more. There’s nothing much in this city. Spend your time on other places.

Ok I’m preparing myself to my next destination – Venice. I’ll be spending a couples of days there. See you!

Journey To Italy

I’m writing this post right now with my iphone. Reason is simple – I have nothing better to do.

I’m taking SIA to Italy, and it’s closed to 13 hour flight. The previous time I took such long flight was my trip to Florida, a crazy 29 hour flight. However, flying with SIA is really different.

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SIA is known for their world class flights and service. You’ll feel like a king, being treated as if you are a royalty. The food are pleasant and I just realized they have upgraded their entertainment sets.

The in-seat screen is much larger now, around the same size as my iPad mini and the thing I really like is the ability to charge my devices through USB port. SIA allows in- flight charging, where most other airlines don’t. This shows how sconfident SIA is with their flight electrical wiring system! They fear no risk of battery explosion or fire. Good job!

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I still have a good 3 hours to go before touching down in Milan. I already miss my family, especially Vilena. The night before I flew off, she was still giggling and moving her hands and legs. She is so adorable!

This trip is mainly for business and I have serious stuff to settle. But of course I’ve packed holiday into it as well. Some of the cities I will be visiting will be:

– Milan
– Venice
– Florence
– Rome

As much as I miss my family, I’m pretty excited as well. This is my first time to Europe and I’m going to make my time well spent!

Watch out for my next few posts, I’ll take more photos for you. Enjoy!

Vilena Two Months Old

These two months were pretty tiring for me. Ever since Vilena was born, I hardly had time for myself. I meant it.

For those readers without baby yet, this is what you’ll get once you’ve a baby – sleepless nights! If you ask me one thing I truly miss after having a baby, I miss my beauty sleep, whole, undisturbed good sleep. Right now, my timing totally follow the routine of my girl. When she wakes up, I’m awake. When she wants milk, I’ll be there for her. After drinking, I’ll have to burp her (usually 1/2 hour). After that, I’ll have to steam her milk bottles, change her diapers. And the routine goes on again two hours later.

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No doubt it was tiring, but it worth every single minute of my time. Watching Vilena grows up every day is truly a joy. I remembered the day she was born, and her cries awaken the whole hospital. Now, she was already two months old!

As much as I love my family, I’ll have to leave them for two weeks soon. I’ll be on business trip to … Italy! Yes, the place where I’ve been longing to go!

I’ll be there for a short two weeks, visiting probably some cities such as Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. I’ll take some photos and I’ll try to blog my journey to Italy whenever possible.

So, have you been to Italy? Any places to interest to recommend? I’ll love to hear from you in the comments below.